If you spend a lot of time on the road, things can get repetitive and boring…
And sometimes, things can get WEIRD.
Because there are a lot of odd things happening on the endless stretches of pavement in this country and around the world.
And today we’re going to hear from AskReddit users about the scariest things they’ve seen when they were behind the wheel.
Check out what they had to say.
“I was driving between Melbourne and Albury very late one night on the Hume Fwy. For the non-Aussies, that stretch of the Hume is very wide, flat, and straight, so it’s boring and hypnotic, especially driving alone at night.
It was the middle of summer, so I was surprised to see little wisps of fog whipping through my headlight beams, but then the smell of burning plastic hit my nose and I realised it was smoke. Up ahead, there was one other car on the road, and I could just see a tiny yellow light on the back, like a candle flame.
Worried, I sped up to catch this guy, and by the time I reached him his entire muffler was on fire. I flashed my lights and honked my horn, trying to get his attention. Just as I drew up alongside him, I saw him turn to look at me, and then a HUGE gout of orange flame burst out from under the car and licked across his driver’s side window.
Needless to say, he pulled over in a big hurry and I pulled over about 50 metres ahead of him. I jumped out from behind the wheel and sprinted back to him to make sure he was out of the car and safe, then back to get my phone, and called emergency services while running back to him. It was less than a minute since he’d pulled over and the entire car was a fireball.
I asked if he was okay, and he said yeah, but his phone and wallet were both still inside the car. I let him use my phone to make some calls and gave him all the cash in my wallet, which wasn’t much at the time, and finally continued on my way once the firefighters and ambulance arrived.
Let’s just say I was WIDE awake for the rest of my drive.”
“I service fire equipment, so I drive a box truck, and cover parts of PA, NY, OH, MD, and WV. I was in rural NW PA, returning from a service call and heading towards the interstate to go home.
On the way to this customer, I saw a small pickup truck on the interstate whose right rear tire was steadily deflating. A mile or so before my exit, they pulled off to the side. I didn’t stop to see if they needed help, and felt a little bad about it.
As I drove down this dark, twisty road, I passed a Dodge Durango pulled over into a barn driveway. There was a person lying on the ground behind it, struggling with something. It looked like the guy was trying to change a tire or get the spare out from under the Durango.
Remembering the pickup from earlier, I decided to turn around and see if he needed help. I pulled into the first driveway I saw, about 1/4 mile down the road, turned around, and headed back. Halfway back, the Durango passed me, going the direction I had originally been headed.
I got back to where I had seen the Durango, planning to turn around again, but as I swung into the driveway, my headlights caught a figure lying motionless in the snow.
I stopped and jumped out just as the figure sat up. It was a woman, maybe in her 40s, in a thin, torn black skirt and top. Her hair was mussed, her eye was starting to swell, she had red marks on her throat, and her lip was bleeding.
I helped her up, got her into my truck, and cranked up the heat. I had taken my jacket off, so I gave it to her, and she covered her torso and arms.
She didn’t want to say anything. Her throat was sore, and she was badly frightened. I called 911, and they dispatched a police car.
I gave her a bottle of water, and she whispered, “Thank you”, then sat with her head bowed and eyes closed. It took about 15 minutes for the police car to get there, and she stayed silent.
As the car pulled in, she said, mostly to herself, “He’s gonna arrest me.” The trooper walked up and motioned me to exit, asked her if she needed an ambulance (she declined) then asked me what had happened.
I explained what I had seen. He wrote everything down, then talked to her for a few minutes. He helped her out of the truck and into his car. She quietly thanked me for coming back, because she thought that guy meant to k**l her.
A far as I know, she wasn’t arrested. She was pretty beat up, and the trooper spoke and handled her as if she were the victim of an a**ault. It was almost certainly a transaction (s** or drugs) that had gone badly.
I never found out what had happened. I watched the news outlets for that area for a while, but never found anything.”
A terrible sight.
“A fresh solo traffic accident.
The car was flipped upside down on its roof.
The driver’s head was halfway out to the neck, through the shattered front window. He did not have a seatbelt on.”
An odd experience.
“In 2017 on one of my routes I had stopped at Love’s gas station in Emerson, Georgia maybe 20 minutes outside Atlanta.
I had been stopped for about an hour just resting and eating some fast food when a woman came knocking on my door. I opened it and she looked homeless and pretty old like in her 50s or 60s. I asked her if I could help her and she was like “I think we can help each other” and I said how so? And she proceeds to proposition me paying her for s** which I declined and sent her on her way.
I continue to rest and eat and play on my phone for another 30 mins when someone comes to my door and opens it and attempts to rob me in a ‘scream’ mask. It was obviously the old lady from before. I push her away and lock my door and crank it up.
I assumed she ran off somewhere cause I could no longer see her. After the truck was ready I pulled off and started driving. Soon cars next to started trying to get my attention and honking and pointing to the back end of my truck.
I pull over and when I come to a stop I see someone jump and start running.. it was that same lady. This crazy woman was hanging on to the back of my truck how I was driving. It was just a really odd experience.”
What’s going on here?
“A completely unmarked semi.
No DOT #, no license plates, nothing.
It was escorted by vans with heavily armed people.”
What was that?
“A trucker I know claims he was driving a logging truck down a remote dirt road in the middle of a forest at around midnight when a “dog-man creature” walked out in the middle of the road.
It stared at him for a few seconds plainly visible and well illuminated by all the auxiliary lights on the truck, then it just took off and disappeared into the woods on the other side of the road.
He’s not a superstitious man and he rejects everything supernatural as fiction, but he 100% believes that what he saw that night was real. I’ve only heard him talk about this twice, he was very drunk both times he opened up about it.
Just talking about it rattled him, he was clearly uncomfortable thinking back about that night.”
“Grew up in a trucker / mechanic family, and was going to join the family business.
At 16, I was on the road with dad every summer, because “You have to learn sometime, and this is how my dad taught me.”
Snowstorm. KANSAS. Do you know where they can’t drive in the snow, during a storm?
White knuckle tight as I pass wrecks and cars and OTHER TRACTOR TRAILERS WHO HAVE JACKNIFED, I begged dad to take over, but there was nowhere to pull over, so I had to muscle through.
Looking out the driver’s side window, I noticed a family in a caravan going….backwards. I locked eyes with the father, who locked eyes with me and just gave me a bewildered, sad little smile before veering off hard to the left in a puff of white powder and disappearing from view.
I’m sure they were fine, but I can still see his face to this very day.”
Fire in the sky.
“Myself and another truck were traveling Highway 1 on our way home from Saskatchewan.
All of a sudden the whole sky lit up as green as grass and a huge fireball streaked over us. We all immediately pulled over and asked each other wtf was that!
Heard on the news the next day it was a meteor the size of office desk that landed somewhere between Lloydminister and cold lake. We had never seen anything like it.”
In broad daylight.
“We were driving up from Baltimore to PA somewhere just outside of Towson, right before dusk.
I see a pickup truck pulled over on the side of the highway and a man, the driver presumably, is kneeling in some tall grass maniacly chopping and hacking away at something on the side of the road. I say, “what the f**k is that dude doing,” immediately assuming the worst is happening after years of brainrot from horror movie overconsumption.
As we get closer, it becomes apparent he was quartering a roadk**l deer on the side of the road. It was wild to see in broad daylight on the a busy highway.”
“When I was traveling through east Texas around midnight in the early parts of 2003, a very bright light lit up the sky enough to not have to use the lights on my vehicle ( I left my lights on).
The traffic on the highway came to a stand still with people pulling off on the side. As soon as I started to do the same, this star like light flew right over the top of my vehicle without making any noise.
It made some very erratic movements then disappeared behind some trees.”
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